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Student banned from prom following incident


An East Texas student was told he could not attend prom because of an incident involving a drama department prop.

Center High School juniors and seniors will go to prom Saturday night, but Center High School Student Avery Tindol will not be among them because of an incident involving a toy gun.

Tindol says he and other students were cleaning out the drama room's prop closet when he was handed a toy gun before the bell rang dismissing class. "I realized I had it in my pocket and as soon as a did I took it out to give it to the guy that gave it to me, and a teacher ran up and grabbed my arm," says Tindol.

The Center, Texas school board told Tindol that he would not be allowed to go to prom because of what happened in October. Tindol was suspended for three days while administration investigated. Tindol's name was cleared following the investigation.

But a rule in the high school's handbook says after suspensions, administrators can decide what school activities a student can participate in. "I was shocked, I figured they would be on my side," says Tindol.

Center school administrators say they cannot comment on the disciplinary actions against Tindol.

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